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Women hit hardest–but millions are fighting back

Issue No. 2280

Every austerity measure the Tories push through seems designed to hit women hardest.

Unemployment for women has hit a 23-year high. Job cuts in the public sector affect women the most because they do 65 percent of those jobs. The TUC estimates that 325,000 women will be sacked.

And as much as £11 billion of the £18 billion tax and benefit cuts will be taken from women, according to the TUC.

The Tories don’t hold back from snatching meagre grants from even the most vulnerable.

The Care to Learn grant supports young parents—mostly teenage mothers—so they can stay on at school. It is under threat.

Older lone parents are being hit too. They face cuts in childcare tax benefit, the child benefit cap and the closure of Sure Start schemes. And 90 percent of them are women. By 2015 parents will spend £900 extra a year on childcare because of government cuts.

As his poll ratings slide, David Cameron is trying to win back women voters.

But instead of reversing the cuts, he invited the celebrity gossip magazine Grazia into his kitchen.

Cameron has miscalculated if he thinks this is what women want.

Millions of women are going on strike. That is the only way to show they won’t put up with being attacked and patronised by a bunch of Bullingdon boys.

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Mon 28 Nov 2011, 13:46 GMT
Issue No. 2280
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